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Everyday Looper — you've got to see this to believe it!

Everyday Looper is an app that lets you record bits of audio and then loops it so that you can record on top of it.



Streaming Democracy

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What do you do if you’re a person who likes to keep up with news but the source of the broadcasts is Windows Media Player?

This is all too common a situation for people like me who like to follow what is happening in their state Legislature, in my case Maine. Take my situation; working in health care, I like to keep up with what is happing, particularly with Bills being debated in Health and Human Services and Appropriations.  Many states which broadcast their Legislatures use WMP which creates an unintended barrier for iPhone users since the iPhone won’t stream .wma or .wmv files.  Or can it?

I want to share with our readers a couple of work arounds, the first described in my colleague Werner’s blog. I’ve been using Streamer (Free) myself because it has video and it is indeed very good, albeit with more bells and whistles than I need. The video is a bit jerkey too.

The other option is FStream (Free) and can have you up and running those pesky .asx streams. The set up is  fairlyeasy, though be prepared to do a little digging to get the correct URL, if you have Safari, you'll need to go to View then down to View Source and look for the media player and file.  If you have Firefox you’ll be able to right click (press Control then click) on the Media Player, open Properties and you’ll see the URL.  

Of course if the web administrators just posted that URL under the player for everyone who doesn’t use WMP - that would open up Democracy a bit more.

I would encourage you to do your part and point out to web administrators for state or local governments that their broadcasts would reach more citizens if the URLs for audio and video broadcasts were posted. Now it is entirely possible, there’s a simpler way to do all this, if so give a shout and post your workflow. I love to hear from readers!



Contest: Comment to Win a Free Download of PhotoTropedelic!!

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Our very own day-tripper, Mr. John Painter, recently reviewed this psychedelic app called PhotoTropedelic, and we now have some giveaway codes for 3 lucky readers. Tell me how you trip out your photos in the comments section of this post and become a candidate to win an iTunes redeem code for this far out app! Contest ends on March 13, 2010, 11PM EST...Read on for full contest rules...



Portable Spelling Teacher!

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First Words Deluxe offers kid-friendly illustrations and entertaining sound effects that capture the interest of young children as they learn to recognize letters and spell more than 100 words.



Review: Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Setup

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 In my last S5 review, I posted up a basic unbox video, and general features about the Sonos ZonePlayer. I've been a bit tied up at work lately, but finally got round to posting up on the setup of this compact, but amazing, streaming audio system. The setup was both easy and frustrating. The easy part is following the simple instructions, but the hard part was getting everything to work. I learned an important lesson about the importance of reading the manual. Read on for the details, and more of my mediocre videos... :(



Pocket Bracket — leading app for fans of March Madness basketball

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If you're a fan of the NCAA basketball tournament, you'll want to take a look at this app. PocketBracket ($1.99) lets youcreate brackets, organize pools, and follow the NCAA men's basketball tournament with game and score updates. In addition, you can compete among thousands of users on the PocketBracket Network as well as your friends and coworkers. PocketBracket comes preloaded with 2009 tournament data so you can test-drive the application before the 2010 tournament. You can create sample brackets and begin organizing your pools.



Angry Robots Welcome!

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Have you ever wanted to be a giant robot in your life? Do you need some stress relief?Then I think I have a solution for you, and a fun one at that. I saw in a forum last week that someone had made a post about a new game called “Robot Rampage.” It’s basically a side scrolling game where you are a giant robot and your job is to destroy the city, block by block. I had read that the cost was half price at .99, so I bought it. I can’t stop playing this game. As the robot, you can step on things, punch things, and you have a laser that comes out of your eye. Pretty cool hah? 

Well you’re going to need it because the humans are ticked that you are making the city into a big parking lot. To get to the next block, you need to destroy the buildings in your way. Not a big deal because you can punch, stomp and fire. The problem comes when you also have to deal with tanks, helicopters, foot soldiers, jet bombers, and nuclear missiles on your journey. One of the other cool features is that you can also listen to your own music library if you want. I do not think you will be disappointed. The developers did a great job creating this game. I am not sure if anything else lies ahead in further levels, but bring it on.

 

 



Top Rated Apps (Free) — app for browsing the best apps

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With 150,000 apps in the App Store, it can be a challenge to find the best ones for your needs and interests. Top Rated Apps (Free) lets you browse 1,000 of the best apps selected by MF Software and all having ratings of at least 3.5 stars. The data is stored on your phone, so you can browse for apps offline. If you're connected, the app updates automatically with the latest data as you browse. The free version lets you identify up to five favorites for later purchase. If you want to be able to track more than that, you'll need to buy the commercial version ($0.99).



E! Online — free app for following the Oscars AND for submitting your own video

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If you're following the buzz on the Oscars, which is coming up this Sunday, E! Online (free) is a great choice. The app was just updated with a new carousel navigation menu above the news section that highlights the Academy Award season coverage with special video content and a new "Live from the Red Carpet" section. The app offers extensive coverage from the event, as well as leading up to it and in the days that follow. Also new to this version is E! Talk Box, which gives you the ability to record your own video commentary (you'll need the iPhone 3GS) on hot topics and celebrity headlines and submit it directly to E!



Review: B-Boy Beats by Tag Games

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I claim to be disinterested when it comes to the whole “follow the rhythm” genre, but if developers keep making variants like B-Boy Beats and Thumpies, people are going to start calling me “DJ Liar Liar Pants On Fire”.  I’m no good at the game, and I can’t even play it the right way, which has gotten me stuck on a level that absolutely requires me to play it the right way.  Despite that, I still find myself taking breaks from games that I’m actually supposed to be reviewing in order to play this one.  As a result, I figured I might as well take the time to review B-Boy Beats, so at least I can feel like I’m accomplishing something.



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